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Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • George F.
  • 1/21/2015 4:51:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Easy setup and use.
Dual tuner for mutiple show recording.
Works with my Roku's.
Small and easy for remote setup.
Hooks to router and setup is a breeze.
Have router, disk drive, and antenna in bedroom closet so no mess for entertainment center.

Cons: Must buy hard drive, antenna.
Roku Chanel is being upgraded but current Roku chanel is not ideal.
Runs pretty warm.
Not all harddrives are compatable.
Monthly fee for guide.

Other Thoughts: This is great for cable cutters. Been using it for a while now and srteam my local chanels through the house.
Records smartly and playback is great quality.
Have had a couple hickups with live TV playback, but firmware releases are making it smoother.
I can't wait for the new upgrades to the Roku chanel. (Due 1st q 2015)
Currently have to log in using a laptop, or Ipad to change settings and see the live TV guide.
Even with the kinks being worked out, I use my Tablo daily. With Hulu and Netflix, I have more TV than I know what to do with.
Would recomend for cable cutters.

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  • David H.
  • 12/29/2014 8:41:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA bit quirky but really a great device

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Great device support, good connectivity, clean interface, good customer support, nice picture quality.

Cons: Setup didn't work very smoothly, streaming video has occasional "buffering" hiccups, TV Guide service is too expensive.

Other Thoughts: I really love my Tablo. It really is the perfect device for the cordcutter. Tablo+Netflix is a wonderful, complete solution for most TV watching needs. Perhaps you prefer Hulu Plus or Prime. You need an external hard drive, a Roku (optional), and a good TV antenna, so the complete investment is a bit pricey, but it is a one time deal. You will definitely save money in the long run.

The Android app works well as well as the Chrome app on the desktop. They have also recently added Chromecast support, which is really nice. Apparently they also support iOS and Plex, though I've never used them. The best thing about the Tablo is the support for a wide variety of devices.

I have a home network using NAT behind a cable modem and I'm able to stream my TV signal outside my home to my phone or whatever. That is a nice feature.

The Tablo is basically a Tivo that only tunes over-the-air broadcast (and streams to your tablet, get it?). If you don't already know, modern TV broadcasts are digital HD (1080 or 720) and look great. With the included TV guide, you can schedule shows and movies to be recorded and streamed later. It works exactly as you'd expect a time-shifting device to work.

I'd say that the streaming performance is okay. There are pretty regular "buffering" glitches on my setup, however they've been releasing a lot of software updates recently that are apparently addressing the issue. They have several video quality settings, perhaps I should play with those since my home wifi is a bit flaky. There was formerly an issue where the recording would stop if the broadcast signal was temporarily lost however that has been fixed.

In conclusion, I'd say that this is a must-have for the modern cord-cutter, however those of you that insist on a 100% perfect picture will probably not be able to handle it unless you live in a city (strong TV reception) and have a rock-solid network (abundant bandwidth).

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  • Lawrence S.
  • 12/4/2014 9:05:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the savings

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Ease of use, easy set up, can use with many devices

Cons: Only con is I would like a native app for AppleTV but not the fault of Tablo but Apple.

Other Thoughts: I am really enjoying using this device. I have cancelled cable and saving money every month. My wife was able to adapt without problems which was a big help in cutting the cord.

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  • Ginger G.
  • 11/25/2014 7:51:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Easy to set up with tablet, set it and forget it

Cons: Maybe the cost of an external drive...

Other Thoughts: We live on the edge of a large metropolitan area. We were using OTA antenna (we've been off cable for 4+ years) in the attic and were super happy with Aereo since often our signal was weak and channels wouldn't come in during inclement weather. Tablo doesn't help with our signal strength issue, but it's been awesome. The advantage over Aereo is that you can enable your devices to access Tablo from anywhere, whereas Aereo was blocked away from home. We love, love, love this little device. We have 2 Roku 3's upon which we watch, plus our tablet and phones. I have not done much troubleshooting to get it to work with our Roku 2, but I've seen some people on the Tablo forums have some success. We plan to use this for a long time, so we bought the lifetime channel guide plan.

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  • Edwin H.
  • 11/21/2014 10:35:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat DVR

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Very simple to install. The tuner appears to be very sensitive, meaning the way it finds channels. Streams data very well, very little spooling.

Cons: The Roku app good be better and you have to furnish your own hard drive

Other Thoughts: I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and happy to be done with sat tv.

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  • Nathaniel B.
  • 10/15/2014 7:44:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood on paper but unreliable

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Pros: On paper the Tablo has everything I want. Two tuners. Reasonably priced guide service. Ability to stream to variety of devices. Roku app.

Cons: Unfortunately Tablo is buggy and unreliable. Sometimes my scheduled recordings work perfectly. But I've had many recordings just not record at all. And even more often I'll sit down to watch a recording only to realize Tablo just stopped recording in the middle. Very frustrating. My reception is good, but even if the reception was interrupted momentarily, the software needs to keep the recording going.

The web interface is also unreliable. Many times the guide information just doesn't show up in my browser--an empty matrix. The Roku interface does not even offer a guide interface--it's clunky and unintuitive. There is no app for my Nexus 5, only tablets.

Other Thoughts: Tablo has the right idea on what the hardware and software should offer, and the prices of each. Unfortunately, Tablo is a ways off from a worthwhile consumer product. I'm selling mine until Tablo or another company can fill this void with a reliable product.

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  • Michael D.
  • 10/6/2014 5:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRight product at right time

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: -Compact, simple design
-Setup was "by the book"
-Tablo interface within a desktop browser is clean and easy to navigate
-Playback quality is great so far (but have yet to add streaming box for TV playback).
-Monthly/Annual/Lifetime subscription fees extremely reasonable, in my opinion. [I don't expect the guide & info that makes navigating so easy to be free. It beats the $15/month that the major DVR competitor charges.]

Cons: Thought I had done my research, but disappointed to see no Tablo app for Xbox.

Other Thoughts: Very intriguing product that hit me at just the right time, as I am slashing media costs in the household. Seems the best "bang for the buck" in a household with multiple viewers and multiple viewing devices.
Still need to choose one major streaming box which will get Tablo up on the "big screen" in our home.

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  • Jeff H.
  • 10/3/2014 11:19:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a great product and company

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: - Perfect replacement for Aereo. It actually has potential to be much better.
- Great customer support. These guys listen to you and are serious about implementing your ideas.
- Great functionality with Roku and computer
- Beautiful picture on HDTV

Cons: - No phone apps yet, the mobile browser can be a little troublesome
- Roku interface has a lot of room for improvement
- 4.99 a month for guide data (The device is still functional w/o it though!)

Other Thoughts: I am very glad I made this purchase and would highly recommend it. While there have been a few issues I am confident they will get worked out. Thanks Tablo!

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 9/26/2014 8:18:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTablo SPVR2

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: Great Idea but not there yet. Based on the way the company is working on the software and communicating with their users, the device should exceed expectations in the future. I'm just to busy to participate in what is essentially beta testing the product. I was looking for a product 100% out of the box.

Cons: -To much reliance on configuiration with other devices to be plug and play (Roku, external hard drive... ).
- Company is activly developing as software I would still consider software beta. My expectaion for hardware/software devices that it works as well as an Apple device out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Great idea, A company needs to start somewhere. I'll let the early birds work out the bugs and may be back when the device is 100%. For now I'm buying a Tivo.

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  • David E.
  • 9/11/2014 6:47:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot ready for prime time

This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder

Pros: This product has great promise, however I am skeptical that they will be able to stream in HD (720/1080) wirelessly over the long term to Chromecast/Roku. The interface is nice, some UI issues. Transcoding without a fan works quite nicely. The tuner is better than the HDhomerun which has silicon issues (studdering, etc). That product is unusable. I returned.

They don't charge for their apps yet (silicondust, sling) do. Sling apps really suck, and silicondust is getting much better.

Their support is great and they are engaged. They want to make this a better product. This is maybe 6-8 months from a 1.0 product.

Cons: This is certainly a beta product at BEST. There are numerous bugs and streaming wirelessly is not seamless at all. The android app force stops, for newer Android there is a studder issue (not Tablo fault but google), initial buffering you can brew a coffee, they format their drives in a way that all newer 4k drives will be mis-aligned. ipad app is pretty stable but no casting to CC. I bought this for parents to watch on TV, but clearly this is nowhere near stable for that. Expect tablet only at this point and occasional casting, but do with wires if possible. Chromecast will just freeze and not recover.

Other Thoughts: Going back a forth with support I found out that the recording quality setting is not only the recording quality transcode, but also the quality for CASTING. So if you set to 720 recording, it will cast at that resolution. I had to set the recording to DVD quality to get stable casting and I am afraid that that is a limitation of the hardware (chromecast) and wireless throughput so I am not sure this can be fixed in current generation products.

If you are going to hook up a hard drive, go to forum and see which ones work. They should have an updated list and qualification, but I originally used a drive which does not work and it caused great initial dissatisfaction.

The HDhomerun products (inc simple.tv) have lots of issues and I don't believe the current generation they will be able to fix because its a silicon issue. The Tablo looks to be software at this point, so there is hope.

Put plainly this is still a beta product and I will not be paying the monthly fee for a beta product. This has promise, but this is NOT ready for you living room yet.

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